Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest: Day One

A.J. Wilson

PITTSBURGH, Penn - It was a solid start to the Under Armour Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest. Class of 2016 prospect A.J. Wilson continues to show improvement while a handful of other prospects also stood out.

Derrick Jones, SF, We R 1 – It was a solid game for Jones who showed off his typical elite level athleticism along with good size and a fairly high motor. Jones still hasn't added a ton to his skill package, but he is someone with all the physical tools in the world. Almost all of his buckets came from the mid-range and in, but when he gets near the rim with his size and athleticism he is extremely tough to defend.

Ernest Aflakpui, C, We R 1 – One of the highest motor players in the country, Aflakpui lacks refined skill at this point but he has legit size, athleticism, and strength. He had one nice post moves and a few other buckets, and was solid on the glass. Aflakpui is still a work in progress, but he has made strides since last season and continues to be one of the more intriguing bigs in the area in his class.

Nick Marshall, C, Team Thad – Marshall is a name that has been emerging on the scene in recent months and it was easy to see why. He is near 6-foot-10, runs the floor well, has long arms, and is an excellent athlete. At this point Marshall is far more prospect than player, but the reality is the upside is through the roof. Monitoring his progress not only from month to month, but from game to game will be interesting this spring and summer.

D'Marcus Simonds, SG, Atlanta Xpress – This is a good looking prospect from the Peach State. Simonds is about 6-foot-4 and has good athleticism, the ability to drive, pass, or shoot, and then also plays with a good pace and energy. His team struggled badly in a surprising loss, but Simonds was excellent and showed that he has a chance to be a very good player in the class.

Chris Clerkly, PF, Atlanta Xpress – Clerkly isn't a kid with much experience at the varsity level in high school but he definitely looks the part of an impressive prospect. He is in the 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8 range and has good athleticism and what looks like a nice touch down low. He will need to continue to gain experience and get stronger, but he clearly is a kid who could emerge going forward.

A.J. Wilson, PF/SF, DC Premier – Wilson is someone who looked to be making strides during the high school season, and then in an evening showing really has improved even more. Wilson is in the neighborhood of 6-foot-6 and doesn't have a defined position, but he has great length and big time athleticism. Also Wilson is coming around with his skills on the offensive end. He either needs to grow or get more skilled to be recruited at the highest level, but his performance was nearly dominant today and his upside is high.

Alani Moore, PG, DC Premier – There is no doubt that Moore has a tremendous feel for the game. Though he is small, and isn't a jet with the basketball, Moore finds a way to make things happen because of his tremendous passing ability as well as his savvy on both ends of the floor. At the right level in the right system Moore has proven he is more than capable of making things happen and could be a very valuable contributor.

Jaylen Fisher, PG, Team Thad – Fisher looks bigger, faster, and stronger from a year ago and that is clearly a good thing. Fisher didn't finish as well as he could have at the rim, but he was getting there with ease, and also showed a solid mid-range game. Beyond that he looks in control at all times and is more than capable of being a floor general going forward.

Nick Marshall said Memphis and Florida are recruiting him the hardest right now.

A.J. Wilson has a lone high major offer from Penn State

Mark Fox was front and center for D'Marcus Simonds.

Xavier had an assistant present for A.J. Wilson.

Kentucky, Florida, Villanova, and others were in the building for Derrick Jones.

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